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Lecturer in Journalism

Elon University
Elon, North Carolina

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
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Four-Year Institution
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The School of Communications at Elon University seeks an experienced journalist and teacher with a passion for the news business to prepare journalism students for innovative, community-serving roles in newsrooms and media companies. We seek applicants who can effectively teach multimedia storytelling and digital journalism and who care deeply about mentoring the next generation of journalists. This nine-month, renewable appointment begins August 2022 and is not eligible for tenure.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Elon University #2 for excellence in undergraduate teaching for the second straight year and #10 for Most Innovative National University. Our School of Communications is forward-thinking, ambitious, digitally savvy, equitably operating, and puts engaged learning at the center of all we do. We seek a colleague who embraces our values and will bring new perspectives to put our mission into practice.

We believe that diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, mentorship and professional work are essential to journalism education and university life. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to presenting the narratives of underserved and marginalized populations. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, advancing an organization’s DEI initiatives, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their relevant experiences in their cover letter. We welcome and encourage applications from members of under-represented groups and those who would bring dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion to the University’s teaching and research mission.

Lecturer Responsibilities include:

  • Teach seven courses per academic year (3/1/3 load over Fall, Winter, and Spring terms).
  • Teach courses in the Journalism major such as Multimedia Journalism, Multimedia News Production, Television News Reporting, Broadcast News Writing, Journalism in a Free Society, Reporting for the Public Good, and Editing and Design. The successful candidate may also teach other courses in the School of Communications and in the Elon Core Curriculum. Candidates with a terminal degree may be eligible to teach courses in the interactive media master’s program.
  • Serve on School of Communications committees
  • Advise majors in the School of Communications
  • Engage in ongoing professional development and keep up with best practices in multimedia reporting, data journalism and media analytics

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in journalism or a related discipline, or completion of a Master’s by Summer 2022
  • Professional journalism experience
  • Considerable teaching experience in journalism
  • Working knowledge of data-driven storytelling and analytics in journalism

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current CV, statement of teaching philosophy and a list of at least three references. The application deadline is October 22, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately following the deadline. To apply for this position or to make inquiries, please email [email protected].


Elon’s nationally accredited School of Communications is home to nearly 1,400 students, representing 20 percent of Elon’s student body, in a 105,000-square-foot, four-building Communications Complex in the heart of campus. Students select from six majors: Journalism, Cinema & Television Arts, Communication Design, Media Analytics, Sport Management and Strategic Communications. The School also offers a master’s degree in interactive media. The School also operates the North Carolina Local News Workshop and the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. To learn more about the School of Communications, visit


Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal art based residential campus. Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon’s 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across the curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement, and community service. Elon is ranked the nation’s #1 master’s-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that “Focus on Student Success.” More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 20. The university’s 636-acre residential campus is in the Town of Elon, N.C. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Elon University is a dynamic private comprehensive university known for excellent arts and sciences along with outstanding professional programs. Elon is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, east of Greensboro and northwest of Raleigh/Durham. Founded by the Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ) in 1889, Elon is situated on a beautiful and historic 575-acre campus.<img alt="elon_university1.jpg" src="" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: right; " typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Elon's 4,992 undergraduate and 636 graduate students come from 43 states, the District of Columbia and 51 other nations. About 28 percent are from North Carolina, with 10 percent from Maryland, 8 percent from Virginia and many students from New England, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.</p> <p>Elon's 343 full-time faculty teach in 50 undergraduate majors. The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; and the School of Law. Master's programs are offered in business administration and education, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law. Elon operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including a four-week term in January.</p> <p><img alt="elon_university2.jpg" src="" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left; " typeof="foaf:Image" />Elon is recognized as a national leader in engaged learning, with top ratings in the National Survey of Student Engagement. U.S.News &amp; World Report named Elon the nation's #1 "school to watch" in its 2009 "America's Best Colleges guide," and Newsweek-Kaplan named Elon the hottest college in the nation for student engagement in its 2006 guide. Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master's-level school in the nation. Elon was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government's Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 80 percent of students complete internships, one-third of students hold at least one leadership position in the 150 campus organizations and programs, and about 250 students perform undergraduate research with faculty mentors each year.</p> <p>U.S.News &amp; World Report ranks Elon #2 among southern master's-level universities, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges ranks Elon one of 26 "best buy" private universities. The Education Trust recognizes Elon for excellence in freshman retention and outstanding graduation rates. Elon is recognized by Princeton Review for having one of the nation's most beautiful campuses. The wooded grounds have been designated a botanical garden.</p> <p>Elon Phoenix athletics include 16 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (I-AA football), and Elon is a member of the Southern Conference. In addition, many students actively participate in 18 intramural and 21 club sports.</p> <p><img alt="elon_university3.jpg" src="" style="float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Elon's core values have remained constant through decades of growth: close relationships between faculty and students, a culture that supports constant innovation, and a strong sense of community. Each Tuesday morning, students, faculty and staff gather around Fonville Fountain for refreshments and fellowship during "College Coffee." Weekly chapel services in historic Whitley Auditorium provide an interfaith worship experience. Daily events, spontaneous gatherings and sidewalk conversations are the hallmarks of this friendly and welcoming academic community.</p> <p>Elon University is a member of Project Pericles®, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to make socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of our educational program - in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.</p>

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